Category Archives: R&D

A Prescriptive Process for ‘Make vs. Buy’ Decisions

You are about to develop a new product (or service, or process). However, your company may not have the skills or intellectual property to develop a part of it, so you are faced with the classic 'Make vs. Buy' decision. Do you have your own people develop that part, or do you use an external company for that?

How IoT is Transforming Unexpected Industries

By the late 1990’s computers became truly transformative, followed by Internet and email as conduits to a continuous flow of information that could be processed, analyzed and turned into action. Today, as digital connectivity transforms physical machines, we’re likely into the early days of a similar productivity boom.

Marketing and Innovation are Inseparable

So, how does your Marketing serve your innovation? Does it define clearly and collaboratively? Does it integrate desirability, feasibility and viability in an optimal manner? Does it communicate with clarity and impact?

Solving Business Problems with Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere, promising self-driving cars, medical breakthroughs, and new ways of working. But how do you separate hype from reality? How can your company apply AI to solve real business problems? Here’s what AI learnings your business should keep in mind for 2017.

Five Fundamentals of a True Model-Based Enterprise

Drawings, whether paper or electronic, have traditionally been at the center of the product development universe. But as more and more companies transform into model based enterprises (MBE), there are five fundamental concepts they should keep in mind.

Chasms, Criteria and Innovation

The concept of the ambidextrous organization is gaining traction. It describes companies who can innovate in the current business at the same time as creating new business options for the future. This is achieved through...

Why Google Open-Sourced Some of its Most Important Technology

Google, many other cutting edge companies are sharing key technologies openly. Soon after Google released TensorFlow, Facebook announced it would open source its own library of AI tools. Tesla open-sourced its electric car patents. Even more recently, IBM shared its quantum computing platform on the cloud.

Inside Four Decades of Breakthroughs at IBM Research

American industry has a rich heritage of top-notch corporate labs. Bell Labs created not only the transistor, but also other fundamental breakthroughs, such as the laser and information theory. PARC, developed much of the technology we associate with modern computers, such as the mouse and the graphical user interface. Both labs have attained mythical status ...

Facing the New Innovating World in the 21st Century

This week my research was moving around issues of complexity within innovation and I came across a great paper, written by Deborah Dougherty called "Organizing for innovation in complex innovation systems". Dougherty is attempting to reframe these into problem resolutions from breaking down discovery into four distinct channels. I liked this thinking.